Antique Furniture Decorative Accessories Fine Art and Vintage Firearms for Fontaine Auction

Over 500 lots of antique furniture and decorative accessories will be sold at a multi-estate auction on Saturday, Feb. 7, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Then, at 5 p.m., a second session dedicated to about 100 vintage firearms will be held. Both sessions will be held at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s showroom facility, located at 1485 West Housatonic Street.

The main session will be packed with furniture pieces by names like John H. Belter, J & JW. Meeks, RJ.Horner, Herter Bros and Alexander Roux; Arts & Crafts, to include numerous examples by Stickley; fine art, much of it by noted, listed artists; lighting, to include lamps by Tiffany, Handel, Pairpoint, Gorham, Chicago Mosaic and others; pottery and metalwork by Grueby, Rookwood and others; and many fine decorative accessories.

The 100 lot firearms session should also draw intense interest, from vintage weapons enthusiasts. Just a few anticipated highlights: a French Charleville musket with 39-inch barrel and lock marked “St. Etinne;” a Colt 1860 Army pistol with matching numbers and low Serial # (34,741); a Springfield model 1842 U.S. percussion musket; and a Model 1841 U.S. percussion rifle, Robbins & Lawrence contract.

Period furniture will dominate the main session. Expected top lots include a pierce-carved rosewood rococo etagere by J.H. Belter; a Waltham oak 9-tube Gothic grandfather clock; a gorgeous walnut pedestal attributed to Herter Brothers; two J.H. Belter side chairs, both laminated rosewood; two oval marble-top tables attributed to Thomas Brooks; and an R.J. Horner winged griffin partner’s desk. Also offered will be a Thomas Brooks Renaissance Revival walnut partner’s desk; a rosewood dressing table with chair attributed to Alexander Roux; a magnificent 10-piece mahogany figural carved dining suite by R.J. Horner; a nice mahogany Chippendale-style two-door china cabinet; an elaborate Eastlake walnut bed; a French “Japanesque” display cabinet; and a cornucopia carved window bench.

Decorative accessories will provide a wonderland of wild and wonderful objects. Featured lots will include a Jacob & Sons inlaid cylinder music box on a table; a Mettlach 5-liter incised stein; a nice selection of Tiffany Favrile artglass; a heavily carved figural Cartel clock; Lladro #344 showing soccer figures (Futbolistas); an 11-piece hand-painted Nippon fish set; and a signed Payral French figural Art Nouveau lamp.

Other accessories will include several mechanical banks; a gilt bronze Art Nouveau woman-signed baslet; a platinum emerald and diamond ring; a Boehm porcelain day lily; a Victorian alabaster and marble bust; a Kirk Repousse sterling silver set, A Jensen sterling silver set; a pair of floral tapestry porcelain bronze mounted vases; a double-comb Symphonion music box; and a Mettach figural scene cameo plaque.

Fine art will include a watercolor and pencil on stretch paper by Marion Kavanagh Wachtel (Calif., 1870-1954), titled After the Rain; several works by Louis Icart; a watercolor marine painting with sailboat silhouettes by John Whorf (Mass./Calif., 1903-1959); an oil on canvas work by Harry Shokler (N.Y., 1896-1978), titled Farm on Galway Bay; and a pair of vintage signed Bally posters.

Additional works of art will include an oil on canvas coastal scene by Paul Weber (N.Y./Penn., 1823-1916); an oil on canvas scenic work by Francois Ferenc Gall (French, 1912-1987), titled At the Pier; an oil on canvas seascape by Wilhelm Karl Ferdinand Arnesen (Danish, 1865-1948); and an oil on canvas painting by Frank W. W. Topham (United Kingdom, 1838-1929), titled St. John’s Day, Venice.

Next up for Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will be a cataloged estate auction on Saturday, March 7; a full cataloged auction on Saturday, April 4 (to feature a “Rosalie” marble-top table by J.H. Belter and a selection of R.J. Horner furniture); and a two-session Spring Antique Clock Auction on Saturday, May 9 (about 450 vintage clocks will cross the block, including an E. Howard #61 astronomical regulator).

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly, at (413) 448-8922, or you can e-mail them at [email protected] Full-color images of the lots described in this story for the Feb. 7 auction have been posted for view on the Fontaine’s website. To see them, click on www.fontainesauction.net.

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